Feeling sick over the weekend, I laid low offline and decided to delve into some desktop applications instead of using the web apps I prefer. Since my cord was cut, I dug around in one of my favorite bits of software: Microsoft OneNote. I installed it on my UMPC a few weeks back and wanted to play with some of the advanced features. Previously, I’ve used OneNote Mobile on a Windows Mobile device to take pictures and have them automatically inserted in my OneNote notebooks. It came in handy with a home project in the past, but since I no longer carry a Windows Mobile Phone, I was looking for another option when it hit me: OneNote can accept images directly from a webcam. My Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium, has not one, but two integrated webcams, so I figured I was all set! Just use the rear-facing camera to snap pics of projects, documents, UPS tracking numbers and more to have them all sucked into OneNote for later use.
Alas, it was not to be. The Vista Device Manager recognizes that I have a USB Webcam, but it doesn’t appear in the "Scanners and Cameras" section of the Control Panel. I’m not able to "install" these cameras in that section either. In OneNote, hitting the Insert, Pictures, From Scanner or Camera does open the dialog box for my camera and even shows a live preview image, but it’s unable to snap the picture. I suspect that’s because the "Select Device" drop-down is blank and unusable, probably because Vista doesn’t show the camera in the "Scanners and Camera" section.
I’ve tried tweaking various settings and even tried different drivers from Vimicro, the camera manufacturer, but no such luck. Every attempt shows an error message. I’m not really any worse off because I can still use the Samsung Camera Play application to snap and save pics, but I’d rather get them in OneNote natively instead of taking the pics, saving them and then inserting them.